CISA Unveils Rule For Stronger National Cybersecurity

Rapid dissemination of intelligence enables to extend timely aid and preempt similar attacks on other organizations.

by Samiksha Jain March 28, 2024 in Cyber Essentials, Firewall Daily, Partnerships Reading Time: 3 mins read 0

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In a pivotal move towards fortifying the nation's cybersecurity resilience, the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) unveiled a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking () on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. This milestone, published for public inspection in the Federal Register, signifies a significant stride forward in safeguarding critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

Mandated by the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 (), the NPRM heralds a new era of enhanced cybersecurity protocols.

Empowering CISA through CIRCIA

Under CIRCIA, CISA is poised to leverage cyber incident and ransomware payment data reported to the agency to discern real-time patterns, bridge crucial information gaps, swiftly mobilize resources for entities besieged by cyber assaults, and forewarn potential targets.

Rapid dissemination of cyber incident intelligence enable cybersecurity agency to extend timely aid and preempt similar attacks on other organizations, thus curbing the cascading impact of cyber threats on national security.

Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, emphasized the significance of CIRCIA in enhancing the nation's cybersecurity posture, stating, “Cyber incident reports submitted to us through CIRCIA will enable us to better protect our nation's critical infrastructure.”

Mayorkas highlighted that collaboration with both public and private stakeholders has been integral in shaping the proposed rule, inviting further input during the public comment period to refine the Final Rule.

“CIRCIA enhances our ability to spot trends, render assistance to victims of cyber incidents, and quickly share information with other potential victims, driving cyber risk reduction across all critical infrastructure sectors. The proposed rule is the result of collaboration with public and private stakeholders, and DHS welcomes feedback during the public comment period on the direction and substance of the final rule,” said Mayorkas.

Echoing Mayorkas's sentiments, CISA Director Jen Easterly hailed CIRCIA as a game changer for the cybersecurity landscape, emphasizing its pivotal role in preempting adversary campaigns, fostering early threat detection, and facilitating synchronized responses with public and private sector partners.

“It will allow us to better understand the threats we face, spot adversary campaigns earlier, and take more coordinated action with our public and private sector partners in response to cyber threats. We look forward to additional feedback from the critical infrastructure community as we move towards developing the Final Rule,” said Easterly.

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaborative Efforts

Since September 2022, CISA has diligently solicited input from a diverse array of stakeholders, including the critical infrastructure community, in shaping the NPRM. The open comment period presents stakeholders with another opportunity to contribute insights on proposed regulations for cyber incident and ransom payment reporting, alongside other facets of the CIRCIA regulatory framework.

By harnessing insights garnered from the Request for Information (RFI) and listening sessions conducted over the past year, the cybersecurity agency has tailored the NPRM to align with stakeholders' needs and priorities.

Implementation of CIRCIA heralds a paradigm shift in national cybersecurity strategy, empowering CISA to gain comprehensive insights into the evolving cyber threat landscape. By furnishing early warnings to entities at risk of cyber targeting, CIRCIA forms the cornerstone of proactive cyber risk reduction initiatives, thereby fortifying the nation's critical infrastructure against emergent cyber threats.

As the NPRM progresses towards formal publication in the Federal Register, the public is urged to actively participate in the 60-day comment period, contributing valuable perspectives to shape the Final Rule.

Through collective efforts and collaborative engagement, CISA aims to fortify America's cyber defenses and ensure the resilience of its critical infrastructure in the face of evolving cyber threats.


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